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Angelonia is also called summer snapdragon, and once you get a good look at it, you'll know why. It has salvia-like flower spires that reach a foot or 2 high, but they're studded with fascinating snapdragon-like flowers with beautiful colorations in purple, white, or pink. It's the perfect plant for adding bright color to hot, sunny spaces. This tough plant blooms all summer long with spirelike spikes of blooms. While all varieties are beautiful, keep an eye out for the sweetly scented selections.
While most gardeners treat angelonia as an annual, it is a tough perennial in Zones 9-10. Or, if you have a bright, sunny spot indoors, you can even keep it flowering all winter.
Dusty miller's silvery leaves make a great foil for dark purple angelonia varieties.Geranium
Geranium's round flower heads make a knockout combination against upright angelonia.Nasturtium
Nasturtiums like hot, dry locations, too; use yellow- or orange-blooming types to create contrast.Sage
Tricolor sage's purple- and white-marked leaves pick up on colors in angelonia flowers but contrast the plant's spiky shape.